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  • 100 pounds + or -

    I am looking for Primals who have lost 100 pounds + or -, as well as those of us who have 100 pounds + or - to lose.

    I am feeling discouraged. I know that Primal makes me feel better in general, but I also know I cannot reach my full potential at this weight. But it just won't come off.

    I am hoping to hear from those of you who have walked this path successfully who are willing to be guides on the journey.

    I am also hoping to hear from those of you who are, like me, just starting this journey and don't want to take this path alone.

    Thanks in advance.
    Chris
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

  • #2
    I've lost 100. I don't know if I would be much help to others. I don't think Primal is a magic weight-loss formula, and you probably don't either.

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    • #3
      So far i have lost 42lbs of my 153lb goal. I have been primal for 11 weeks!

      about 8-9 years ago i did a modified atkins diet and lost 150lbs in about 12 months. i was eating pretty much the same way i was back then that i am now although that was way before the primal blueprint was around. i know for a fact that eating this way will help you lose weight, it just takes commitment!
      Primal Chaos
      37yo 6'5"
      6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
      current 338lbs 49" waist
      goal 240lbs 35" waist

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      • #4
        Hi there! I've got 130 lbs to lose, and I'm working on eating Primal, and self esteem. I'm working very hard to do things that honor myself, and my body so that even the smallest victories (I walked three miles yesterday!!) are amazing.

        I give myself very positive reinforcement (I lost 15 lbs! I got a new watch that counts down the seconds so I can take my pulse, and has a stopwatch on it so I can see how long I can all out sprint, and an alarm so I know when my delicious home made meals are finished!) and I work to keep a very clear vision of how I WANT to look in my mind. (A trick I picked up from the Gabriel Method). When things get down, I just remember I didn't get this way in a day, I'm not going to get out of it in a day.

        If you need some encouragement or just someone who's in a similar boat (Check my ticker in my sig!) feel free to contact me, I'll toss you my IM.
        Down from 275 to 250!
        Werewolf Primal Living Blog - http://lycanthropology.com
        Some fact, a lot of fiction! Keep track of my progress there!

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        • #5
          I would like to lose 100 pounds. I think the hardest part is breaking the habit of reaching for certain foods for comfort. Steak and lobster just don't do the same as chicken soup or a chocolate chip cookie (for me) and when the world goes to pot I have to really fight to eat clean (and so far haven't won those battles *sigh*). Its caused lots of yo-yo eating. I'm not sure what the trick is to get my mind to accept some other type of comfort (30 years of food comfort is hard to break all at once) but I'm still trying to learn it.

          That and saying "oh, I ate a cookie, I've ruined today, might as well eat the whole box, plus some pasta, ohhh french bread! Wait, do we have any ice cream?" and then eating myself into a severe migraine. Keeping the stuff out of the house isn't a good enough answer since I'm surrounded by food stores. I'm like a binge drinker who says I'll just have one, and then can't understand why the bottle is empty and their weaving around drunk.

          If I could break those two habits I believe I'd see a steady weight loss. They seem to be the two things that are really holding me back.
          See what I'm up to: The Primal Gardener

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          • #6
            @yoder no, you are right I don't think Primal is a magic bullet, I am actually old enough and experienced enough in the dieting world that I know there is no magic bullet. But would still love to hear how you did what you were able to do.

            My brief story...Started doing Atkins in March 2011, lost 22 pounds. Then ended up in the hospital and then on prednisone (not related to the diet) and gained back 14. Finally lost the rest of that back while on vacation the last week of July. Since then have been hovering in the same 3 pound range. With very few exceptions I have been clean since I went Primal in mid-August. The journal I started then tracks my food intake.

            I decided to adopt the 5 rules of a Leptin reset, starting yesterday. Health and Nutrition Article - The Five Rules for Mastering Leptin - The Hunger Hormone

            Felt fantastic, totally clean, and gained a pound. I know I didn't gain a pound of fat in one day, but why would it not just go down. (rhetorical)

            @Kaylee99 I have, luckily, found that switching over from the low fat CW diet to a low carb diet has nearly totally killed cravings. Also, my mom told me once (regarding throwing in the towel for the day if you blew one thing) "If you get a speeding ticket you do not say 'well what the heck I have blown it now, I may as well drive like a lunatic all day' so why wouldn't that same concept apply here?" it helped me. (also, maybe you could find a recipe for the chocolate chip cookie that would make it less bad for you)

            @Westly, yep I am pretty much looking for people to act as either a guide or a fellow traveler in the journey. Was hoping this thread could become that.
            Chris
            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
            Unknown

            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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            • #7
              ^_^

              Well, I'm here to totally walk beside you then! We've got about the same amount to do!

              I've also got my blog: Primal Dire Wolf if you just wanna see what I'm up to!

              I'm VERY chatty, like, I'll respond whenever I get a chance, so, feel free to chat me up, or email me! Or send me a PM through the site if you got something you don't wanna say in public!

              We'll do it!
              Down from 275 to 250!
              Werewolf Primal Living Blog - http://lycanthropology.com
              Some fact, a lot of fiction! Keep track of my progress there!

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              • #8
                It's been hard for me to lose weight. I lost 12 lbs during April and May, then nothing for months. I went back and forth, losing then gaining the same lb. Lost a couple more finally in August. Then a few days ago I started limiting myself to eating 3 big meals (with the last one around 5pm). All of a sudden, I'm losing a lb a day. Down 4 lbs in 4 days so far. (And I really hope this continues because my goal is to lose at least 82 more lbs.)

                If you've been eating mini-meals like I was, try doing just the 3 big meals. And the weird thing is, I've been taking in more daily calories with the 3 big meals than I did eating 5-6 small meals, but the weight's still coming off. It's worth a shot to try it out.
                I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by demuralist View Post
                  I decided to adopt the 5 rules of a Leptin reset, starting yesterday. Health and Nutrition Article - The Five Rules for Mastering Leptin - The Hunger Hormone

                  Felt fantastic, totally clean, and gained a pound. I know I didn't gain a pound of fat in one day, but why would it not just go down. (rhetorical
                  Oh, shoot. So you've tried doing the 3 meals a day. How long did you do it? Maybe you just need to try it out a bit longer? And I'd make sure you feel full after eating. I don't like how the 5 rules says to not have big meals. If my hunger isn't satisfied, I notice that I don't lose weight.
                  I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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                  • #10
                    @Westly, thanks! I will look you up when I get home (I am supposed to be working-no wonder America is becoming so unproductive, right?) I really appreciate having someone to walk along the journey with.

                    @Heidi, CONGRATS! I just got strict about that yesterday. 3 meals a day, no snacks, 5 hours apart, done at least 3 hours before bed. Felt fantastic, slept great, gained a pound. I am in it for the long run though, so I will keep at it. thanks
                    Chris
                    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                    Unknown

                    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                    • #11
                      I've lost over 100 pounds so far (but only about 30 or 40 has been via Primal). The low carb flu makes it really tough (this is essentially insulin resistance/lack of metabolic flexibility) at first. Once you begin to understand more about why you feel bad when you do, it makes it easier to work through it mentally (and most importantly, it gets easier over time).

                      So this is my anecdotal experience. I'm not a Dr or anything, but this is as I understand it from what I've put together:
                      Something I've learned over the course of weight loss is that while little meals throughout the day help with the mental roadblocks at first concerning the aspect of "this is not your last meal ever", you want to ultimately transition away from them. Keeping your body digesting during your entire awake time is prolonging insulin in your blood stream which isn't helping a ton with the overall problem. The insulin is going to just put away any free fatty acids in your blood stream back into adipose tissue. Remember, in PB, it's all about insulin.

                      You WANT those FFA in your blood stream because it means you're oxidizing your stored fat. Once you are comfortable with your current eating patterns, start pushing your morning meal later into the day. This will extend the sleeping fast benefits longer and you'll get more benefit from the lack of food in your stomach. Learn to understand that the hunger signals your body gives are "suggestions" for the first day or two. Those dizzy/lightheaded spells reduce in frequency and duration over time (low carb flu) and you'll begin to read your body's signals better and better ove time. Remember too, when you feel hunger rise and fall...you've burned fat! congrats!

                      The realization that WHEN I eat is almost as important as what I eat was ground breaking in my weight loss. You've come so far already through questioning CW around all of these other aspects of your diet, but take a look at the whole "morning meal being the most important of the day" and challenge that advice.

                      The positive change I made shifting to 'eating once a day' has been akin to the level of quiting sugar. It's been that big of a deal for me and shifted my entire mindset and affected my personality positively (I think? LOL I feel smarter, patient, funnier, talkative, engaged and mentally nimble) Enjoy Ghrelin!

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                      • #12
                        @demuralist, you already feel a loss of cravings, which is one of the biggest positive things that will help change your lifestyle towards one with significant fat loss.

                        My weight loss of 100 pounds occurred in a little less than a year, following PB in total for the most part, but I have gone through various stages/attitudes/theories toward weight-loss. I actually find it easy to gain weight eating only primal-type food, and even going VLC. So, there is much more than just the types of food (and the Primal Blueprint isn't just about the type of food and exercise).

                        You may want to stick to the leptin reset through to see how it goes. Ultimately, I think it is very helpful for many us to move toward eating fewer times (and smaller window) throughout the day. (I don't believe in being ravenous or staring oneself of course, so you move toward this at a rate that avoids unreasonable hunger).

                        Although I didn't know about it while I lost weight, I think I've come to a position very close to the guy at theleansaloon.com. (For instance, Lifestyle Change: Return to Simplicity | The Lean Saloon). I think we can make this a lot more complicated than it often is. We need a simple way, and sometimes all these theories related to macronutrients and metabolic damage are noise that derails common sense. Like the guy at the leansaloon.com says, you should eat real/quality food and you should eat by choice, not by habit (or as medication or mood/comfort control). It's sort of common sense, and really people have known how to lose weight all along for the most part; it's not some super secret esoteric knowledge.

                        You may need to focus on as much of the stressors and lack of sleep in your life as the food. Many of us need less time of individual TV, internet, entertainment, and more time in community. We may need to strive positively for a sense of well-being (not "comfort") in the short and long-term through our actions, rather than the amount of focus we put on the weight. (However, that is not to say we should not care about our fat level/weight, but that it needs to be put in context).

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                        • #13
                          Thank you both for your insight.

                          I think, for now, I will work with the "Leptin Reset" using the 3 meals, eating until I am satisfied-trying to find that sweet spot of having eaten enough to last for a while, but not so much that I feel lethargic or (at least for now) the urge to skip a meal. I have committed to myself to keep this up until my birthday (11/11) to give it a real shot at healing my resistance -if indeed it exists-and helping me to find that sweet spot.

                          It is my goal to be able to eat when I am hungry, eat what my body really wants, stop when I am satisfied, and enjoy every bite. So I expect to get to a point where I don't know how many times I ate in a day, or what it was that I ate, I would also like for this to then get me to a size that is conducive to great health and living up to my genetic potential.

                          I don't consider myself weight obsessed, but realistically, the weight I am currently could not be construed as healthy even if I had 20% body fat.
                          Chris
                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                          Unknown

                          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                          • #14
                            I have about a hundred to lose. I've been 30 - 100 lbs overweight since I had my first child 12 years ago. I did weight watchers over and over again. I finally got the idea that there was more to this than calorie counting. I found MDA about a year and a half ago. I didn't seriously change my diet until last June. I did a 30 day challenge. The first week was soooo hard. I treated myself like I was sick and took it easy and tried to stay away from people. By the 3rd week, it was great. Many habits had been formed and I had nearly zero cravings. Once my 30 days ended, I slid back into carb city. I really wish I had kept the momentum going. It's been hard to get back on the primal wagon. I'm looking forward to the primal challenge next week. I'm starting to wean myself off the carbs, so it won't be as hard next week.

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                            • #15
                              I lost 100 pounds in the first 5 months of going Primal but I was extremely strict with my diet and worked out every day at lunch and would walk a 5k most nights. I am around 8 1/2 months Primal now and have a little over 117 pounds.

                              The last 3 months have been really tough for me because I had gotten used to just shredding through pounds and then all of a sudden I am loosing just a few pounds a month. When your working out hard and eating right its nice to be constantly rewarded by the scale dropping. Then all of a sudden it just stops and it seems no matter what you do nothing is happening. Thats to me has been the true test. I am as proud of the last 17 pounds as I was the first 100.

                              You just have to keep going. When you make a poor food choice, its not the end of the world, just keep going. The weight will eventually come off.
                              Went Primal January 24, 2011
                              Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
                              Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
                              According to my kids I am looking more and more like the Hulk every day
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